From the beautifully crafted Konark Sun Temple, we hired a private car and moved towards the Shanti stupa at Dhaulagiri which is known as the peace pagoda. However, before entering the stupa, we stopped at a roadside restaurant and had our lunch. All of us were overjoyed to taste some extremely delicious items as we had been starving by that time. The Shanti Stupa is located in the outskirts of the city at a distance of 7 km from Bhubaneshwar. We had to travel for a long time because it was located in the hills of Dhauli. The word shanti means peace and the stupa signifies that of peace within the heart. The Sanchi stupa is white in colour and has different statues of Buddha. Its white color is related to peace. I could see many Buddhist monks roaming in and around the stupa.
It also gives us the feeling of peace inside the heart. It has a separate history of itself. According to legend, the famous “Kalinga War” had taken place in 2nd Century BC, i.e. around 2200 years back along the bank of the river Daya,. In the Dhauli rock edict of Emperor Ashoka, it is mentioned that more than 100,000 (hundred thousand) people were killed in this war and more than 150,000 were wounded and taken as prisoners.
The ferocity with which the Kalingan people fought and laid down their lives for the freedom of their nation overwhelmed Emperor Ashok. He decided to quit from fighting any war and actively engaged himself in the spread of Buddhism. In a way, this event changed the course of world history and helped Buddhism spread far and wide. The story is really very interesting and the Shanti Stupa at Dhaulagiri is worth to be seen and watched. We learnt that the Stupa was a result of Ashoka’s special weakness after the end of the ferocious war. The beautifully crafted white structure is similar to other stupas constructed in different parts of the nation. We had to leave the Stupa early because we had some more places to cover. Our next destination was the Vaitala temple.